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Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System

Amazon drivers — all gig workers who don’t work for the company — are hanging cell phones in trees near Amazon delivery stations, fooling the system into thinking that they are closer than they actually are:

The phones in trees seem to serve as master devices that dispatch routes to multiple nearby drivers in on the plot, according to drivers who have observed the process. They believe an unidentified person or entity is acting as an intermediary between Amazon and the drivers and charging drivers to secure more routes, which is against Amazon’s policies.

The perpetrators likely dangle multiple phones in the trees to spread the work around to multiple Amazon Flex accounts and avoid detection by Amazon, said Chetan Sharma, a wireless industry consultant. If all the routes were fed through one device, it would be easy for Amazon to detect, he said.

“They’re gaming the system in a way that makes it harder for Amazon to figure it out,” Sharma said. “They’re just a step ahead of Amazon’s algorithm and its developers.”

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Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors

This sounds like a bad idea.

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Amazon Supplier Fraud

Interesting story of an Amazon supplier fraud:

According to the indictment, the brothers swapped ASINs for items Amazon ordered to send large quantities of different goods instead. In one instance, Amazon ordered 12 canisters of disinfectant spray costing $94.03. The defendants allegedly shipped 7,000 toothbrushes costing $94.03 each, using the code for the disinfectant spray, and later billed Amazon for over $650,000.

In another instance, Amazon ordered a single bottle of designer perfume for $289.78. In response, according to the indictment, the defendants sent 927 plastic beard trimmers costing $289.79 each, using the ASIN for the perfume. Prosecutors say the brothers frequently shipped and charged Amazon for more than 10,000 units of an item when it had requested fewer than 100. Once Amazon detected the fraud and shut down their accounts, the brothers allegedly tried to open new ones using fake names, different email addresses, and VPNs to obscure their identity.

It all worked because Amazon is so huge that everything is automated.

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Black Lives Matter supporter appears to call on Kenosha ‘protesters’ to target local Amazon Fulfillment Center

A Black Lives Matter supporter with nearly 90,000 Twitter followers posted a message Tuesday to “protesters” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, apparently suggesting that they target a local Amazon Fulfillment Center.

The tweet reads: “looks like #Kenosha has one of these. protestors should definitely not go there.” The tweet also includes the address of the Amazon Fulfillment Center along with the hashtag “KenoshaUprising.”

The poster — @tommiesunshine — uses “#BlackLivesMatter” as his Twitter account heading and calls himself a “sub-cultural historian” and a “raver/activist/protester” who is “15yrs sober.”

He follows up his original tweet with some leftist meanderings: “if there was no Amazon then how would people get all of those Capitalistic things that no one needs delivered same day/next day? disrupting the flow of Capitalism could ruin people’s lives. what would we do without Capitalism?”

How did folks react?

While some of the poster’s followers appreciated his sentiments, others weren’t at all down with them:

  • “Hell yeah burn down the place that probably employs a quarter of the town’s actual working people,” one user noted. “Definite good way to get people on your side and stop them from being racist.”
  • “Looting is for degenerate bottom feeders. F*** off,” another user reacted.
  • “Washed up DJ with no talent stoking racial flames because no one pays attention to him anymore,” another commenter noted. “Aging sucks doesn’t it Tommie?”
  • “How about we suffocate the black community burn down all [their] necessities and prevent them from getting everyday goods,” yet another user suggested sarcastically.
  • “Funny part is [Amazon founder and CEO Jeff] Bezos owns The Washington Post which has been fueling this bulls**t BLM narrative from the start,” another user pointed out.

Anything else?

Kenosha has been in chaos since Sunday night following the police-involved shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. His father said he’s now paralyzed from the waist down.

The riots, fires, and destruction has gotten so bad that Wisconsin’s governor called out the National Guard to help. Some of the lowlights have included:

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GOLD OPENS ARMS: WELCOME HOME WARREN BUFFETT!

This article was originally published by Lior Gantz of The Wealth Research Group. 

Buffett is famous for saying that he missed out on Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, and others because “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but it seems that this opportunity IS JUST TOO GOOD even for old dogs to stand idly by and watch.

Gold has had a CRAZY WEEK, with wild swings, but the big picture remains as ROSY AS EVER. Even after falling by close to 4.6% in the past week, and CLOSING BELOW $2,000/ounce, and even after both gold and silver had their WORST DAY in years this week (silver went down by 13.5%!), the technical analysis is VERY CLEAR: the bull market LIVES ON!

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

The 50-DMA is above the 200-DMA and the spot price is above both of those. It is a beautiful sight to see – a GLORIOUS WORK OF ART.

While gold, which normally trades inversely to stocks, is RUNNING HARD, the S&P 500 just underwent its best 100-day STRETCH IN HISTORY.

Truly, if one WASN’T SHAKEN OUT in March, and especially if he had THE STAMINA to go long in the MOST OBVIOUS time in human history when buyers were considered to be MAD LUNATICS, one had unreal returns.

So, what now?

  1. People that we would not HAVE DREAMED would be interested in gold, let alone mining it, are now buying into the sector. Berkshire’s 13F filings show a $564mn position in Barrick Gold, the powerhouse of the industry. Others will FOLLOW SUIT!
  2. Inflationary expectations ARE RISING FAST, but the central banks have stated that they’re not even CONSIDERING raising rates. They’re not even considering if they should consider it.

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Not since 1991 has there been SUCH A SPIKE in inflationary expectations.

In the past 100 days, the S&P 500 is up just over 50%. In 2009, it was 45%, when in July the market finished a stunning recovery.

The STARK CONTRAST, though, is that the market wasn’t trading at all-time highs back then.

Markets move SO FAST these days that they price in events that are 2-3 years INTO THE FUTURE – they’ll continue to do so. Prices reflect 2022 and even 2023, at this point.

We’re not in the business of crystal balls; our objective is to look at the world around us and FIND OPPORTUNITIES, not guess where they’ll be next.

If what President Trump is planning GOES THROUGH, an additional $3,400 PPP injection is coming to each family of four.

It’s a tremendous stimulus measure with political ramifications. Sending money to families so close to the elections is a tactic that is meant to MAKE ONE feel indebted and obligated to the person who sent it.

With eighty days to go until the ballots, the President will do WHATEVER HE CAN to make sure his powers help him tilt the odds in his favor.

Prepare for another incredible week!

 

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BALL IN YOUR COURT: Silver Goes Mental – BUST THE SYSTEM!

This article was contributed by Tom Beck of Portfolio Wealth Global. 

Tom Beck of PortfolioWealthGlobal CALLED IT! For over a year, he’s been coming ON OUR SHOW and predicting GOLD and SILVER will deliver huge gains! Check his ACCURATE PREDICTIONS, HERE!

We also want to bring you his work TODAY:

We are SO PERFECTLY positioned; it’s an absolute crime not to be invested in PRECIOUS METALS and not to be SEEING GREEN every trading session when we know the central banks’ playbook!

I love watching David Rubenstein interview the world’s most interesting CEOs and billionaire investors on either his Leadership Live calls or his Bloomberg show. I get even MORE VALUE from the guest interview appearances that he does.

Rubenstein is a private equity pioneer. He changed the game. He also happens to be an AMERICAN PATRIOT, who has donated billions of dollars to educate the masses on the United States’ heritage.

When asked what his WORST MISTAKES in business were, he said the following:

  1. Facebook: Rubenstein was introduced to Mark Zuckerberg when the future co-founder of the social media giant was STILL IN COLLEGE.

Imagine one of the world’s most distinguished investors telling you he doesn’t believe in your vision; that’s quite a blow, but it was Rubenstein who ENDED UP regretting every single syllable he uttered out of his mouth.

Rubenstein didn’t even want to meet with Mark since he didn’t think a “dating website for college students” would work. Had he given him the $10M he was raising, Rubenstein estimated its current value at over $100B for his firm.

2.Amazon: Rubenstein met with Jeff Bezos when AMZN was still private!

The words out of his mouth were, “Jeff, you’ll never be rich from this business.” Bezos wanted to give Carlyle Group a THIRD of the company!

Rubenstein declined. When he later realized that Bezos would be the next Bill Gates, he funded a PRE-IPO round, but sold immediately, as shares became public.

Not holding for longer has been estimated to have cost him $5B. Not agreeing to buy a third of the operation, well… that’s an easy $600B error.

Early-stage investments are difficult to judge. For every business that succeeds, 99 others fail.
But, with GOLD AND SILVER stocks, the opportunity couldn’t be clearer.

The system has been changed by Covid-19. The real economy is shrinking and defaults will be frequent, but there’s no contending that the availability of credit has not contracted, as it does in classic recessions. Rather, it has been GROWING EXPONENTIALLY, so that asset prices are inflated.

The fiscal response in Europe, which has been non-existent for the past decade, is only now getting off the ground.

I’m seeing signs of a structural shift in Europe; with valuations so cheap for their assets, the EUR can really gain over the dollar. This will send gold over $2,000 WITH EASE, while silver will rally to over $25.

The political landscape is so tricky that I can READILY ENVISION asset freezes between the U.S. and China. On the more extreme end, there could be market access blocking and maybe embargoes.

These two powers are on a COLLISION COURSE!

Taxes are also going higher for the rich; many forget that in 1930, when the wealthy were last so hated and the maximal tax rate was 25%, the IRS raised it to 75% by 1935, peaking in 1941 at 81%!

It’s hard to imagine this, but when SHIT HAPPENS, the masses get pissed and retaliate.

Own gold and silver and speculate in the miners – we are making a BLOODY FORTUNE!

 

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Strange Things Happening: Epstein, Maxwell, Online Retailers, & Child Trafficking

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Very strange things took place at the online retailer, Wayfair in recent days. The “fact-checkers” have already made sure to classify this “conspiracy theory” as “false” though, so don’t think about it, and go back to sleep.

The newest “news” that mainstream media is desperately trying to get you to ignore, involves child trafficking.  It’s not a complete shock, but when the media distracts and the “fact-checkers” go into overdrive for something they claim is “false,” we should probably take a closer look at what’s going on.

Social media users shared screenshots of the cabinets, which cost upward of $14,000, and speculated that the items were in fact missing children who could be purchased through Wayfair’s website, according to a report by Business Insider. The odd thing that they won’t explain, however, is how the overpriced cabinets and throw pillows came with the names of missing children:

Don’t worry though! Wayfair investigated themselves and found that they have done nothing wrong and the mainstream media agrees. “There is, of course, no truth to these claims,” a Wayfair spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. “The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced.” What about the $9,999.00 for a personalized throw pillow named after missing children? Were those priced accurately? Who do these people think they are trying to fool?

There is also a long list of ties to Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Wayfair. Probably just a coincidence, right? The mainstream media also conversely ignored the fact that Wayfair’s CEO, Niraj Shah, also serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

As Josh Sigurdson says in the video below “there are huge child trafficking rings and the government is involved.” He says Wayfair provides beds for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and a lot of children mysteriously go missing from their custody. Mainstream media sources will back up those claims, but they did not connect the dots, as alternative media has been doing.  Listen at 8:00 for Sigurdson’s explanation and the “dot-connecting” you will not hear about on Fox News or CNN. MSM, all of them, are covering this up:

“All I know, is with Walmart, Amazon, and Wayfair getting caught with all these high priced items with names of missing people, tied to codes and order numbers that if you search on Yandex come up with children, it could be a huge 4Chan hoax, but something really weird is happening,” says Sigurdson.

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Those are fairly uncommon names, but it’s probably a coincidence, right? Some social media users said the names of the cabinets —  Neriah, Yaritza, Samiyah, and Alyvia all appeared to match the names of missing children.  And oddly, since Wayfair said they did nothing wrong after the posts picked up steam on social media, the cabinet listings suddenly disappeared from the company’s website. This obviously generated even more suspicion. If the cabinets were accurately priced, why remove them? Why not just take the names off?

“There is, of course, no truth to these claims,” a Wayfair spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. “The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States — that’s roughly 2,000 per day. Of those, there are 115 child “stranger abduction” cases each year, which means the child was taken by an unknown person. –ABC News

It could all be a coincidence.  Maybe, but what we do know is pretty disturbing, and the mainstream media isn’t even looking just a little bit into this.  They immediately did damage control for Wayfair instead of investigating it. “I think there is some form of legitimacy to this, I just don’t know what it is yet,” Sigurdson added.

 

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A Peek into the Fake Review Marketplace

A personal account of someone who was paid to buy products on Amazon and leave fake reviews.

Fake reviews are one of the problems that everyone knows about, and no one knows what to do about — so we all try to pretend doesn’t exist.

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Amazon wins naming rights to Seattle sports arena, will name it Climate Pledge Arena

Amazon has purchased the naming rights to Seattle’s KeyArena, which is undergoing a major renovation in preparation for becoming home to an expansion NHL franchise and the WNBA’s Storm.

But Amazon did not fight to win the bid in order to slap their name on the building. The new arena will be named Climate Pledge Arena.

What are the details?

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Instagram Thursday:

I’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL. #ClimatePledge

The Climate Pledge is an initiative that calls on individuals and companies to adopt carbon-neutral practices and policies as laid out by the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of last year.

The Washington Post (also owned by Bezos), reported that Climate Pledge Arena — set to open next year — will also include:

  • At least 75 percent of its food offerings sourced locally on a seasonal basis, with viable unused items donated to community food programs.
  • Zero single use plastic items, and zero trash bins, as patrons will only have the choice of recycling or compost bins (via nhl.com).
  • The ability of NHL and WNBA fans to use their game tickets as free public transit passes.
  • The sole use of renewable energy, from on-site solar panels and off-site sources.

According to The Seattle Times, KeyArena was built in 1962, and the total cost of its rebuild is estimated to be $930 million.


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Amazon refuses to sell ex-NYT reporter’s book on ‘Unreported Truths about COVID-19.’ Then Elon Musk steps in.

Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson has been an outspoken critic of the global coronavirus lockdowns, using data and facts to make his points. But when he wrote a book on those “unreported truths,” Amazon initially refused to publish it.

Then Elon Musk stepped in.

What are the details?

Berenson has been sounding the alarm
for months over the devastating impact shutdowns have had on the U.S. economy, lambasting governors and other leaders for opting to destroy businesses and livelihoods while exposing the inaccuracy of the doomsday models used to justify draconian measures.

On Friday morning, Berenson
tweeted, “BTW: last night I submitted my first coronavirus booklet (‘Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns’) for sale to @amazon. Normally the review/publish process does not take long. Hopefully that will be the case this time and I won’t have to scream about censorship.”

Within ten minutes, the author
tweeted that his book had been censored, and provided an image of an email from Amazon notifying him: “Your book does not comply with our guidelines. As a result we are not offering your book for sale.” The company cited “the rapidly changing nature of information around the COVID-19 virus.”

Elon Musk noticed the post, and responded by calling out Amazon founder and fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos, writing, “This is insane, @JeffBezos.”

Musk added, “Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!”

By the afternoon, Berenson received notice from Amazon’s customer relations department that his book would, indeed, be available for purchase within hours. Another former New York Times employee tweeted that Amazon claimed to have pulled the publication “in error.”

The book was soon reinstated, leading Berenson to proclaim, “IT’S LIVE! Again, thanks to @elonmusk and everyone who helped.”

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At Least 11 Local News Stations Caught Airing The Exact Same Amazon Propaganda Segment

This article was originally published by John Vibes at Activist Post.

At least 11 local news stations in the United States were caught airing the same scripted segment about Amazon, and their role during the COVID-19 pandemic. The segment played like a commercial for Amazon, even touting the company’s ability to “keep its employees safe and healthy,” during this difficult time, despite the fact that many workers have been organizing to protest against unsafe conditions and lack of hazard pay.

The segment is even narrated by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker, who promises an “inside look” at an Amazon fulfillment center.

“Millions of Americans staying at home are relying on Amazon to deliver essentials like groceries and cleaning products during the COVID-19 outbreak… For the first time, we’re getting a glimpse inside Amazon’s fulfillment centers to see just how the company is keeping its employees safe and healthy…While delivering packages to your doorstep,” Walker says.

The trusted local news anchors who introduced the segment didn’t even identify Walker as an Amazon representative, but instead made it appear that he was one of the station’s reporters. According to some journalists who refused to cover the segment, Amazon sent the video around to a long list of news sources with instructions on how to introduce it.

Zach Rael, a reporter at ABC’s KOCO 5 News, tweeted a copy of the script and said that it was mailed to him by Amazon’s public relations team.

“No. Let us go inside the fulfillment centers with our own cameras…” Rael tweeted.

There were at least 11 other stations who were willing to play the footage that has been identified so far.

Alyssa Bronikowski, a spokesperson for Amazon, told Motherboard that the video was not promotional and that the company would invite journalists into their warehouses if it was currently safe to do so.

“We welcome reporters into our buildings and it’s misleading to suggest otherwise. This type of video was created to share an inside look into the health and safety measures we’ve rolled out in our buildings and was intended for reporters who for a variety of reasons weren’t able to come tour one of our sites themselves,” Bronikowski said.

It makes sense that Amazon is going to such great lengths to repair its public image, because it has been facing increasing criticism during the pandemic, especially from its employees. Earlier this month, Vice President (VP) of Amazon Tim Bray resigned in anger over the company’s treatment of employees who have protested against working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

John Vibes is an author and journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and focuses solutions-oriented approaches to social problems. He is also a host of The Free Your Mind Conference and The Free Thought Project Podcast. Read More stories by John Vibes

 

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Amazon blisters Joe Biden in scathing response after he tells company to ‘pay its fair share’

Amazon fired back at Joe Biden on Friday after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told the company it needs “to pay its fair share” in taxes.

The former vice president not only declared that Amazon must “pay its fair share,” but he claimed the company pays less in taxes than firefighters and teachers.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No company pulling in billions of dollars in profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers. It’s time for Amazon to pay its fair share,” Biden said.

However, Biden’s claims are not congruent with the truth.

Amazon — which has become a proverbial punching bag for the Democratic Party while arguing for increased taxes — published its 2019 tax profile in January amid increased scrutiny from Democrats.

The data showed that Amazon collected and paid more than $10 billion in taxes last year, which included:

  • More than $1 billion in federal income tax expense
  • More than $2.4 billion in other federal taxes, like payroll tax and customs duties (tariffs)
  • More than $1.6 billion in state and local taxes
  • Amazon also collected and remitted nearly $9 billion in sales and use taxes

Amazon fired back those facts in response to Biden’s criticism.

“.@JoeBiden We pay every cent owed. You spent 3 decades in the Senate & know that Congress wrote these tax laws to encourage companies to invest in the US economy. We have. 500k jobs w/ a min wage of $15/hr across 40 states,” the company wrote on Twitter.

“Assume your complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon,” the company added.

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Amazon VP quits, calls company ‘chickens**t’ for firing workers who protested warehouse conditions

A Vice President for Amazon Web Services quit the retailer in protest on Friday, but he did not make a quiet exit.

Tim Bray wrote a scathing letter explaining his departure, wherein he called the company “chickens**t” for firing a group of activist workers who were exposing employees’ fears over warehouse conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

Mr. Bray announced on his personal blog that he left Amazon on May 1, saying he “quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19.”

The high-level engineer accused management of grossly mishandling the situation over the workers’ protests, and even accused the company of discrimination for firing six employees who were all either “a person of color, a woman, or both.”

Bray explained that he “snapped” after the workers were fired, and tried to address the issue internally. But ultimately, he determined, “remaining an Amazon VP would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised. So I quit.”

The former VP added, “Here are some descriptive phrases you might use to describe the activist-firing. 1. ‘Chickens**t.’ 2. ‘Kill the messenger.’ 3. ‘Never heard of the Streisand effect.’ 4. ‘Designed to create a climate of fear.’ 5. ‘Like painting a sign on your forehead saying, ‘Either I am guilty, or has something to hide.'”

According to Bray, his departure from Amazon means he is leaving nearly $1 million in salary and vested shares on the table, and that he walked away from “the best job” he’s ever had.

Anything else?

The New York Post reported that Amazon’s “warehouses in areas hit hardest by the coronavirus — including New York, Detroit and Chicago — have seen protests amid reports that dozens of warehouse workers have fallen ill.”

The outlet noted that Amazon has defended its firing of a number of activist workers who have attempted to stage protests over conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. Two of the workers mentioned in Bray’s open letter, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, were let go for “repeatedly violating internal policies,” according to the company.

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Beware the dreaded ‘mini-roll’: Online scammers are duping people into buying tiny toilet paper rolls

Toilet paper has become a precious commodity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year as crowds descended upon grocery stores to panic-buying rolls en masse. The hoarding has since driven shoppers online to scour for sales as prices soared to as much as $10 a roll late last month.

But now, toilet paper scammers are taking advantage of the situation by duping internet shoppers into buying the sought-after good at lower prices — only to deliver miniature-sized rolls.

According to the Charlotte Observer, after placing orders from dubious online outfits, American shoppers have been receiving absurd variations of toilet paper on their doorsteps, inspiring terms such as “mini rolls,” “baby rolls” and “doll paper.”

Shirley Ann Hodges of Florida told McClatchy News she ordered 12 rolls for $16.99 from Asia, which seemed reasonable. She got the 12 rolls all right, but they’re a fraction of the size she expected.

“Yeah, they took advantage of us. I put some in Easter baskets as gag gifts,” Hodges said. “I didn’t send it back. What happens if I get desperate?”

Hector Cruz of Charlotte said “the TP shortage of 2020” compelled him to order a 10-pack for $14.99 and he ended up with rolls one-third the normal size.

He says he saw the ridiculousness and shared photos on Facebook, figuring others could use “a good laugh.”

“Maybe they thought I had Lego figures that needed TP,” he wrote on Facebook.

Commenting on his girlfriend’s order of a 12-pack of toilet paper off of Amazon — which somehow fit inside his mailbox — Medium.com blogger J.R. Reed wrote: “This is what happens to people in the early days of the pandemic, with people hoarding toilet paper. You force people like my girlfriend who are very intelligent and extremely sane to order Chinese toilet paper off Amazon.”

For those who wish to score toilet paper online but want to avoid being ripped off, Digital Trends has offered some pointers. Implicit in its post about how to buy toilet paper online is some prudent advice — stick to retailers you recognize.

“First, you need to have a list of online retailers to check for new supplies, and you need to check them often to score a new shipment. Thankfully, this is a lot easier than running to every store in your town looking for a roll,” a recent post reads. “In addition to conventional online stores like Walmart, Amazon, and Target, check at some less obvious sites like Lowes, Home Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples.”

If, however, you are forced to wade into foreign e-commerce waters, whatever you do, beware the dreaded mini-roll.

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Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ surge in orders

Amazon announced Monday that it is hoping to hire another 100,000 U.S. employees as the online retailer works to fulfill the “unprecedented” surge in orders it is experiencing as more consumers stay home and shop online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

The Associated Press reported Amazon is seeking workers to fill full-time and part-time positions at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores amid a sharp increase in demand from American consumers who have been encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

The firm, which is the second-largest U.S.-based employer, is also promising a $2 an hour pay raise for its hourly workers in several countries through the month of April. The company reported that its commitment to the pay increase “represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe and Canada.”

Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network, told the AP, “We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.”

The Hill reported that Amazon signaled over the weekend that the Seattle-based company’s “supply lines were facing stress as a result of the outbreak, leading to delivery delays and items possibly going out of stock.”

“In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories,” the company said in a Sunday blog post. “We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on additional capacity to deliver all of your orders.”

In a separate post announcing its hiring initiative on Monday, Amazon wrote, “We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.”

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Last-Minute Coronavirus Quarantine Supplies: What to Buy (and Where to Get It) When the Stuff You Want Is Sold Out

This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper. 

Do you have the horrible feeling you may have waited too long to purchase supplies for the possibility of quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak sweeping the United States? While it’s true that shelves across the nation are bare in some departments, there are still options.

In this article, I’ll suggest some last-minute emergency supplies you can purchase in place of the ones you wanted if you’ve waited too late to shop. To do this, you may have to cast away your plans of being organic and healthful, and you may not get the exact household products you want. You’re stuck with what’s left at this point. So please don’t write to me, angry and horrified because I suggested conventional crackers instead of chia seed ones that were ground by the hardened lava of a Chilean volcano, okay?

If you’re looking for general information about quarantines, go read this article. For detailed information on general preparedness, check out this book.

Don’t panic – you can still do this. Remember that those of us who are well-prepared all started somewhere – and most likely the place we started was where you are right now: realizing at the last minute we didn’t have what we needed.

These are the suggestions I would use myself to put together last-minute emergency supplies.

Some general advice

Don’t be married to the idea of getting everything at one store. Most folks are flocking to Walmart but there are so many other stores out there where you can purchase what you need. Consider the following for some of your supplies.

  • Office supply stores
  • Dollar stores
  • Discount stores
  • Large pharmacies
  • Grocery stores (for things other than groceries)
  • Target
  • Big Lots
  • Hardware stores

Think outside the Walmart box when prepping for an emergency.

What to buy when the store is out of water

Here’s a photo of the water aisle at a Walmart near where my daughter lives.

There are lots of other options if the water aisle looks like this. They may not be as healthy but they’ll keep you from dying of dehydration.

  • Sports drinks (like Gatorade)
  • Flavored or sparkling water
  • Juice boxes or individual bottles
  • Juice
  • Soda pop (not too much though because that can be dehydrating instead of replenishing)
  • Vegetable juice
  • Premade iced tea

A good trick here is to go to the aisle where people get individually packaged stuff for their kids’ lunches. You’ll find all sorts of beverage pouches and plastic bottles of drinks here.

I warned you – not the healthiest, but healthy is no longer available. Trust me when I tell you it will be far better than having nothing available to drink. Oh – and don’t forget the wine. It won’t really rehydrate you, but you won’t care as much that you don’t have water.

Finally, use containers. You still have running water, right? Use vessels you already have and/or buy containers, wash them, and fill them up. No one is going to be sold out of containers unless you specifically look for “Water Containers.” Grab mason jars, pitchers, canisters, etc. Just make sure they’re food-safe and you’re good.

What to buy when the store is out of those meals in a box

Everyone seems to be looking for things like macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, and ramen noodles. If this is something you desire for your stockpile, here are some options. (Some of these are healthier than the original.)

  • Get plain pasta and cheese powder to DIY your mac and cheese
  • Get powdered milk to use for when you run out of regular refrigerator milk
  • Instead of ramen, get angel hair pasta, cook as directed, and add some soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • In place of Hamburger Helper and that type of thing, use regular pasta or rice, a few spices (like an Italian spice blend) and a half a jar of marinara sauce. For a creamy version, go with garlic powder, onion powder, and cream of mushroom soup concentrate.

All of these options are very simple to make.

What to buy when the store is out of rice

Rice seems to be a big seller and for good reason. It’s cheap and it can really extend a meal. When I stopped by Walmart to look at what was low, they were down to only the teeny tiny bags of rice.

  • Buy the teeny tiny bags – yes, they’re much more expensive but better than no rice at all.
  • Order large bags from Amazon – there’s still plenty of rice there. This page is all bags of rice that are 15 pounds or greater in size. If you choose a product that is part of Amazon Prime, you’ll probably have it faster. Before ordering, look at the estimated date of arrival and try to find one that will be to you in less than a week.
  • Get a different grain like pasta, quinoa, amaranth, or barley.

What to buy when the store is out of canned food

The things that tend to be gone first are items like canned pasta meals, soups, and chili. That makes sense because they’re pretty reasonable meals when heated up slightly, and can even be eaten cold out of the can in a worst-case scenario.  If your desired canned goods are not available, look to these items:

  • Canned baked beans (tasty right out of the can at room temp
  • Canned refried beans
  • Canned V-8 and a can of mixed vegetables (turn that into soup)
  • Canned potatoes (Mash them up or put them on the grill)
  • Canned fish

Try a different store – Walmart isn’t the only game in town. I had fantastic luck at Aldi getting my kids well-supplied. I was able to get them entire cases of canned fruits and veggies.

Or move away from the regular canned goods and see what they’ve got over on the International Food aisle:

  • Noodle bowls that just need boiling water
  • Soup that may not be as familiar
  • Small cans of salsa or enchilada sauce

Look in other areas for shelf-stable food.

  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Pouches of precooked rice (some have beans and other vegetables mixed in)
  • Peanut butter
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Jerky
  • Candy
  • Veggie chips
  • Potato chips
  • Pre-popped popcorn
  • Fruit cups
  • That squirty yogurt you get in pouches (the shelf-stable kind, not the refrigerated kind)
  • Vienna sausages
  • Pre-cooked bacon

You get the idea. Go out there and be creative. Scan every aisle to look for things that won’t spoil that your family will eat. I know whenever I’ve grabbed this kind of stuff, my girls have been thrilled since we don’t usually keep junk food in the house.

What to buy when the store is out of toilet paper

Toilet paper has been a biggie. There are videos online of people literally coming to blows over TP to wipe their behinds. If your store is out of toilet paper, check out the following options.

  • Baby wipes or “flushable” wipes (regardless of what the package says, do not flush these – you won’t be able to get a plumber to your house if you’re quarantined.)
  • Paper towels – not soft but it will get your heinie clean – also do not flush
  • Kleenex – pro-tip – do not get the ones infused with Vicks. Even the cheapest facial tissues out there will be a lot more expensive than toilet paper but it’s better than nothing.
  • Order from Amazon. They still have tons and tons of TP. I just ordered this which will arrive on Monday.
  • Go to an office supply store or a janitorial warehouse
  • If you simply cannot manage to acquire toilet paper, you’re going to have to use cloth. Treat it like you would a cloth diaper and have a bucket by the toilet for soaking so that your homemade wipes come clean easily. Here’s an article about it.

Think creatively for bum-wiping. Toilet paper is a relatively new, albeit wonderful, invention.

What to get when the store is out of bleach and cleaning supplies

Lots of stores seem to be running low on bleach, Lysol, and cleaning wipes.

  • You can make bleach from pool shock (calcium hypochlorite). Get pool shock at your local swimming pool and jacuzzi store and be sure to select one that doesn’t have additions like algaecide, or here on Amazon.  Here are instructions on how to make bleach from pool shock.
  • Hit up your local office supply store like Staples or Business Depot for cleaning supplies. They’ll be more expensive than Walmart but you may be able to find what you need.
  • Try the hardware store, grocery store, or dollar store for cleaning supplies.
  • Again, Amazon may have what you need for cleaners and wipes.

Think creatively – all sorts of stores sell cleaning products.

What to get when the store is out of over-the-counter medications

If the first store you visit is out of OTC meds that you want to have on hand, you still have some options.

  • Visit pharmacies.
  • Most grocery stores have a pharmacy section.
  • You can order them on Amazon for both adults and children.
  • The dollar store carries some OTC meds in smaller packages. You might also find them at places like Dollar General and Family Dollar.

If you are really, truly desperate, truck stops and gas stations have small, expensive single packs of a lot of different medications.

Don’t forget something to do

If your family is cooped up in quarantine for weeks, you’re going to need something to do. Grab some stuff that the kids haven’t seen before, like new toys, games, or puzzles. Craft supplies might be fun – you may have time to learn that new skill you’ve been thinking about. Also, hit up the used book store or Goodwill and grab yourself a quarantine library. Get reading material for the whole family.

Remember that even in the house, you’ll want to stay active. It isn’t healthy physically or mentally to sit there watching Netflix 20 hours a day. Run up and down your stairs, work on a home project (you can finally declutter that storage room), or do some exercise videos with the family.

When the store is out of last-minute emergency supplies you wanted

Don’t despair if you can’t the last-minute emergency supplies you wanted. It just means you’re going to have to be flexible and creative. And don’t let people who accuse you of panic-buying or being “selfish” get you down. Sure, you waited later than is ideal but you are doing the best you can, and I commend you for doing so. Ignore the jerks – most of us are really glad you’re here and you’re trying.

And when this crisis is over, think long and hard about the things you wished you would have had. Make yourself a list and start buying these items and by the time the next disaster rolls around, you’ll be much further ahead.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME (QUARANTINE) FOR A PANDEMIC

Daisy Luther is the author of the book Be Ready for Anything: How to Survive Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Pandemics, Mass Shootings, Nuclear Disasters, and Other Life-Threatening Events. You want to be prepared for whatever emergencies come your way. While prepping for a dozen different disasters may sound like a daunting task, there’s good news.

Preparing for a wide variety of disasters requires the same basic supplies as preparing for one or two. For each event, there will be some special steps, unique information, and precautions you need to take, along with a few additional supplies, but your essentials will be the same.

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